2022 Season Announced


June 16 – 19, 2022

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Tara Moses Photo Credit: Teresa Siler

The SDSF is pleased to announce their eleventh season with the classic tragedy Othello. This will be SDSF’s ninth professional summer production in Vermillion’s Prentis Park, and its first tragedy since Macbeth in 2015. Othello runs June 16 – 19, 2022, and will also be streamed online.

Othello will be directed by Tara Moses, a citizen of Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, Mvskoke, multi-award-winning playwright, co-Artistic Director of Red Eagle Soaring, co-Founder of Groundwater Arts, and a current M.F.A. candidate in Directing at Brown/Trinity Rep: “I am thrilled to be making my debut with SD Shakespeare Festival! Othello has the potential to dive deep into the nuanced and specific relationship with racism and bigotry in diverse communities, specifically Indigenous communities, and I am thankful for the opportunity to explore it.” Executive Artistic Director Chaya Gordon-Bland is excited to bring this talented and accomplished artist to the company.

Othello is one of Shakespeare’s most acclaimed, most often-produced, and most controversial plays. The accomplished general Othello is driven into a jealous rage by his aide Iago, who envies Othello’s seemingly charmed life. By cunningly manipulating perceptions and reality, Iago convinces Othello that his new bride Desdemona is having an affair with the handsome young officer Cassio. Shakespeare takes a deeply personal dive into themes of love, trust, prejudice, marriage, and honor. The play has fascinated artists and audiences for centuries in part due to its dual lead roles: Othello, the first sympathetic and three-dimensional black character written in Western drama, and Iago, the deliciously evil villain you love to hate.

Further information about the production and SDSF’s outreach, educational programming and related events will be available in the coming months.

The 2022 season and production are dedicated in honor and gratitude for the life and work of Mary Merrigan, a staunch supporter of the SDSF, who made immeasurable contributions to the Vermillion area community.

About Us...

The mission of the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival is to engage, connect, and inspire communities by exploring our shared human experiences through inclusive, professional Shakespeare productions and theatre arts education.


SDSF’s 2022 season is supported, in part, by the South Dakota Arts Council, City of Vermillion, Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Company, United Way of Vermillion, South Dakota Humanities Council, Dakota Hospital Foundation, Coffee Cup Travel Plazas, and the University of South Dakota.




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For more information, questions, or to request accommodations, please contact us at (605) 622-0423, or company@sdshakespearefestival.org.